why do the back of my knees hurt

Low Back Knee Pain? POne of the more common misdiagnoses we see on a day to day basis is a patient with minimal back pain and knee pain, but whose knee pain is really being caused by a pinched nerve in the back. What? Is it possible that a patient with a pinched nerve in the back doesn t have much back pain? Isn t it the knee causing the back to be sore? Sometimes. The nerves in the low back go to the legs, so if I were to reach into your back right now and pinch a nerve, you d feel it somewhere in your thigh, knee, leg, or foot and likely not much in your low back. Most doctors have been tranined to diagnose picnhed nerves in the back only when there s numbness or tingling down the leg (sciatica), but to ignore the back when there s just pain someplace in the leg.

As an example, take this patient of Dr. Hanson s who was seen yesterday. The patient had severe arthritis of both knees and was deemed a candidate for a
because of his. He denied any back issues at the time. He obtained only minimal improvement with the stem cell procedure for the knee arthritis, so Dr. Hanson went digging deeper. Turns outPthePpatient did have some off/on back issues through the years and sure enough, his exam and later his MRI showed that he had an L5-S1 disc bulge pressing on a spinal nerve. Dr. Hanson treated the disc bulge with the and now his knee pain is 60% better as a result of the low back treatment.

As a result, we can t stress enough that a thorough vetting of your low back is critical if you have hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain. As anotherPexample, read this blog post about a P. Another patient that comes to mind was a late 30 s mother of two who was told she needed a hip replacement because her MRI showed aPcongenitallyPshort hip socket and mild arthritis, but who really had a disc bulge irritating the S1 nerve. We treated her S1 nerve problem with the and her hip pain went away. You might be saying to yourself about now, But my doctor said I have ___ arthritis (insert hip, knee, ankle in the blank) so that must be what s causing my pain!

While your arthritis may need to be treated as well, it may not be the main cause of why you hurt. Recent research showing that onlyPstrengthensPthePargument that we need to be doing more to identifyPthePsource of knee pain before major surgery to chop outPthePjoint. To learn more about the science behind these concepts, see our practice s e-. For a shorter discussion of the science, see this post where. posted Nov-01-2006 02:25 PM Pain behind my knee (not behind knee cap, literally the back of my leg, the back of the knee), started last night at about mile 11 of a 14 mile MP run. The pain wasn't that bad, almost just bothersome.

I slowed my pace and it subsided a bit. I am assuming it is probably overuse (ran 18 on Saturday and moved a 1/2 ton shed on Saturday also), but I was wondering if anyone could clue me in on what it could be. It is almost like my lower, lower hamstring where it attaches behind the knee. There is no inflammation and isn't sore to the touch today. I just went to the PT for this same thing today. Part of the culprit is the bottom of the hamstring where it attaches to the upper thigh. The other part is the triangular muscle or tendon, popleteal it's called, behind the knee on the back of the leg that gets stressed or injured. The PT gave me some exercises to do, did ultrasound,heat, deep tissue massage, then iced it for about 2 minutes.

He said to reduce amount of running and do it very slowly or cross-train for a couple of weeks, gave me some stretches, and I will go in 3 times a week for 2 weeks for therapy. No lunges, no leg curls, no squats, no hills, no hills, no hills. Pop*lit"e*al (? ; 277), a. [From L. poples, -itis, the ham. ] (Anat. ) Of or pertaining to the ham; in the region of the ham, or behind the knee joint; as, the popliteal space. (anatomy) of the area behind the knee. [This message has been edited by goal2run (edited Nov-01-2006). ] [This message has been edited by goal2run (edited Nov-01-2006). ] IP: